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“Leave off looking to men to find out what you are not — seek within yourselves to find out what you are.”
“The feminist movement as at present instituted is Inadequate.”
“Women if you want to realise yourselves — you are on the eve of a devastating psychological upheaval — all your pet illusions must be unmasked — the lies of centuries have got to go — are you prepared for the Wrench?”
“Another great illusion that woman must ... destroy ... is the impurity of sex, the realisation in defiance of superstition that there is nothing impure in sex — except in the mental attitude toward it ...”
“Love of others is the appreciation of one's self.”
“It is not given to each of us / To be desired.”
“Behind God's eyes / There might / Be other lights.”
“Poetry is prose bewitched, a music made of visual thoughts, the sound of an idea.”
“... Gertrude Stein ... the Madame Curie of language. Because in her deep research she has crushed thousands of tons of matter to extract the radium of the word.”
“[On Gertrude Stein:] Curie / of the laboratory / of vocabulary / she crushed / the tonnage / of consciousness / congealed to phrases / to extract / a radium of the word.”
Mina Loy, English poet, artist, poet, playwright, actor, designer, bohemian
(1882 - 1966)
Born Mina Gertrude Löwry, she was considered a Modernist and a Futurist, mainly appreciated years after her work.